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Casper

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Ten months today. I'm happy that most of the people who were new when I joined the forum have moved on. A little sad that I haven't. Nov 7, 2017

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    1. jjflyman
      jjflyman
      Hi @Casper how are you doing? I see your 10+ months in. How is your progress? I'm 14 months in and have seen lots of improvement. It has faded a lot and it's to the point I don't think about it every minute. It still has some to go, but I have actually read stories of T taking 2 or even 3 years to fully fade. I hope we will both be posting our success stories here in 2018.
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      2. Casper
        Casper
        @jjflyman, thanks for the update! It's great to hear that you're doing well. I am starting to habituate. There are times where I forget about it, and when I hear it again, I don't really care. I also believe that I have TMJ issues, and hope that I'll see improvement after I address them. I hope that your improvement continues! I think that eventually you will recover completely, but yes, we have to be patient :)
        Dec 1, 2017
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    2. Casper
      Casper
      Ten months today. I'm happy that most of the people who were new when I joined the forum have moved on. A little sad that I haven't.
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      3. Casper
        Casper
        @jimH, you've had T for more than 30 years? Wow. Now ten months seems like nothing in comparison.
        Nov 8, 2017
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      4. dpdx
        dpdx
        One day we will be one of them
        One day we will be "the old user group"
        One day our lives will return to normal
        Nov 8, 2017
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      5. stacey
        stacey
        Same :/
        Nov 8, 2017
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    3. Amy2017
      Amy2017
      Thanks for reading casper I hope your doing well.
      1. Casper
        Casper
        If you want, you can message me under "Inbox" and then "Start a New Conversation". That way you will not be limited to 140 characters and you can give more detail.
        Nov 2, 2017
    4. Amy2017
      Amy2017
      Both ears have the pressure and heavy feeling. But my left seems to never pop. With certain sounds being uncomfortable to. Do you get this at all?
      1. Casper
        Casper
        Yes. I've had this since about three weeks after this whole thing started. You may want to ask the dentist to check for TMJ symptoms. Also check for sinus issues. How long have you had the symptoms? It seems that it goes away eventually for almost everyone.
        Nov 2, 2017
    5. Amy2017
      Amy2017
      Hi I'm amy. How are you? Cool profile picture. Just read your post. I have fulliness to and like you my test are normal. Ent has put me on serc to see if it helps but so far no good.
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    6. Casper
      Casper
      On Sunday it was so quiet I couldn't hear it even while plugging my ears, then again today it's the most bothersome it's been since July.
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      2. InfiniteLoop
        InfiniteLoop
        That is the nature of the T beast
        Oct 5, 2017
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      3. Casper
        Casper
        I hope it calms down soon. The past month has been especially good actually, I have no idea why I woke up to much louder T this morning.
        Oct 5, 2017
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    7. Casper
      Casper
      Eight months now, and I'm still struggling to accept this as my life from now on.
      1. jjflyman
        jjflyman
        From your other posts it appears your T is fading. Give it time, it is so darn slow to heal. I bet in another 3-4 months you will look back and see a lot more improvement.
        Sep 9, 2017
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      2. Casper
        Casper
        Hey @jjflyman, a few weeks ago I was sure that it was fading, but now it seems to back to the same level as before and I haven't noticed any progress since. I just wish that it would remain stable at the improved level for once.
        Sep 9, 2017
      3. dpdx
        dpdx
        :(
        Oct 21, 2017
    8. Casper
      Casper
      Two weeks ago I thought it was fading for sure and I even enjoyed brief moments of silence, but it's now back to the same level as before.
      1. Melike
        Melike
        I experience this too, Casper. It feels like a slap in the face when it comes back, but I guess we need to see those quiet moments as a sign of fading. Maybe one day we will only have the good old 'only bothers me at night' tinnitus. Thats my only hope and goal. I would consider myself cured if I got there.
        Sep 7, 2017
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    9. Salih
      Salih
      Hey man, how is your reactive T now? just read your old post and i basically have the same. Is it just as reactive?
      1. Casper
        Casper
        Hey @Salih, it's not completely gone, but to be honest I don't really think about it anymore. Sometimes I can still hear a whistling from the car or my computer, but I don't think it's as bad as it used to be. It also seems pretty random, and not correlated with food, tiredness, or stress, as far as I can tell.
        Aug 28, 2017
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      2. Salih
        Salih
        So did it calm down in volume/reactivity aswell or did you just habituate to it?
        Aug 28, 2017
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      3. Casper
        Casper
        @Salih, this may sound dumb to you, but I'm really not sure. Back then I would obsessively listen for it, these days I almost never listen for it anymore. I think it's a bit of both, because it doesn't react to running water or passing cars anymore, but even when I can hear it in the car I don't always notice it.
        Aug 28, 2017
    10. Casper
      Casper
      I ran my blender (with earmuffs), and it maxed out at 100dB according to SPLnFFT. There was a time I would run it every day without issue.
      1. SandraKD
        SandraKD
        A 100 db blender!!?? Damn that's a loud one
        Aug 28, 2017
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      2. Casper
        Casper
        Yes, it's the Ninja Professional 1100 Watt. Even though it's seriously noisy, I didn't experience it as uncomfortable at all wearing Peltor X5A's. I also measured using my phone, and I think apps tend to exaggerate the noise level sometimes.
        Aug 28, 2017
    11. Casper
      Casper
      Some clown set off a firework for no reason in the middle of the day. It was about 300m away and up in the air. I should be fine, right?
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      2. Casper
        Casper
        I have no idea. It was still light outside. I only heard the explosion and saw the cloud of smoke. It exploded above a high school parking lot, so I'm guessing some school kids were behind it.
        Aug 18, 2017
      3. Jake007
        Jake007
        Probably right, but I wouldn't worry to much about it my friend.
        Aug 18, 2017
      4. Casper
        Casper
        I agree. It's not like I could've done anything differently.
        Aug 18, 2017
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    12. Casper
      Casper
      Seven months in, and the T itself doesn't bother me as much anymore, but I really miss my old carefree self.
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      3. SandraKD
        SandraKD
        Agree with Lex, it is perfectly normal for us to grieve....we have lost somebody and something: Our old self and Silence...and that is very harsh....but hopefully we will be able to go on and be happy again, i wish that for us all.
        Aug 10, 2017
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      4. Casper
        Casper
        @Lex, @SandraKD, at this point I don't even know what moving on would look like. Even if my T went away completely, there's no way I could go back to the carefree life I had knowing what I know now. I suppose we have to find a way to be happy despite the challenges. Let me know if you ever figure it out.
        Aug 11, 2017
      5. Lex
        Lex
        I guess moving on would mean accepting your new life and the limitations that come with it, if there's any. Nothing in life is permanent, after all. You learn how to adapt and hopefully, find happiness and fulfillment again. Good luck!
        Aug 11, 2017
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    13. Casper
      Casper
      Doing a little better after some rough weeks :) I've been working from home, maybe that's helping?
    14. Casper
      Casper
      Six months today, and I still can't believe this actually happened to me :( To make things worse, it's so reactive now I hear it everywhere.
      1. Paul10
        Paul10
        I'm almost at the 6 month mark to, new noise joined the party. Stay strong, you've come this far.
        Jul 8, 2017
      2. Casper
        Casper
        Thanks @Paul10. It was certainly easier to handle when I could just drown it out with some music or a fan. Now it just rises in volume until I hear it over the ambient noise. I hope things improve for you.
        Jul 8, 2017
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    15. Casper
      Casper
      I'm almost six months in and today was one of the loudest days yet... I thought it was supposed to improve over time :-/
      1. Paul10
        Paul10
        There'll be bumps along the way, sometimes you'll be fighting against strong currents, others will be smooth sailing. I've learned to not compare myself to others; T is so unique. 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, they journey is very individual.
        Jun 23, 2017
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      2. Casper
        Casper
        I'm glad that you are always so positive @Paul10, despite your own T. I think what makes it tough for me is that, in the beginning, I told myself, "Just hang in there, it'll probably be gone by six months". Now it looks like I'll have to change that to "by the end of the year", and I'm not even sure I can believe that.
        Jun 23, 2017
      3. Paul10
        Paul10
        It's best to avoid timeframes I find. I just remind myself how nice it will be when it does resolve. We just have to find the positives in every day while we're on the journey. It might sound odd but I also think about people who spend 20, 30 years in prison or even on death row for crimes they didn't commit, and how inspirational their stories are when they come out. If they can 'do their time', so can we.
        Jun 24, 2017
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    16. Casper
      Casper
      Today T is the loudest it's been in a long time. No recent noise exposure, so hopefully it's just stress...
    17. Casper
      Casper
      Maybe it's just because there's more ambient noise in summer, but T has certainly been less noticeable the past week... Hope it continues.
      1. Paul10
        Paul10
        Long may it last!
        May 21, 2017
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    18. Casper
      Casper
      First few months are like navigating a minefield --- worried that every new noise/activity can somehow make it worse.
    19. Casper
      Casper
      Woke up to an earache and spike, followed by fire alarm at work. Come on.
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    Gender:
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    Tinnitus Since:
    01/2017
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    Loud music at concert
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